Fort Lost In The Woods, Mo. 1987
Fort Leonard Wood, commonly known as Fort Lost in the Woods- 1987
My experiences, in yellow, are from 1987 Alpha Co. 6th Inf. 10th Regiment
Well first off congratulations, welcome to the Armed Forces.
1. You can expect early mornings - 4 a.m, and late evenings- 10 p.m -Yep
2. you can expect bland food- If you look up for more than a few seconds and a drill sees you- you are done.
3. you can expect a **** ton of p.t (physical training)- I wonder if they still have 'The Bowl'??
4. you can expect a HUGE culture shock- and how!
5. you can expect meeting people from every race, religin, creed, and background you could ever possibly imagine.- yep they take foreigners too
6. you can expect that TEAMWORK will be drilled into your skull from day one and throughout basic. there are NO individuals- and that includes fuckups- one fucks up- you ALL get fucked up.
7. you can expect to be intimidated- We got surpise inspections at 3 or 4 am- we had sadistic drill sgts.
8. you can expect to be homesick- yep
9. you can expect a plethora of yelling, although I hear thats calmed down somewhat these last few years- I hope so
10. you can expect to be tired- yep
11. you can expect that the nail that sticks out will be hammered down, metaphorically speaking of course- Yep
12. you can expect to have to remember a **** load of information-Yep
13. you can expect that your entire platoon will be as big of a group of unorganized dumb asses as possible at first- very true, you'll evolve, be parient.
14. you can expect to be VERY busy- did I mention meal times were short?
15. you can expect alot of shots and dental work- oh yeah!
16. you can expect that you will learn a vocabulary that is unique to the Armed Forces- yeah, what that cheeser said.
17. you can expect that you will do a TON of marching- "I used to drive a Coupe De Ville...And now I'm marchin' up the hill... I used to drive a Chevrolet- and now I'm marchin' every day!"
18. you can expect that you will required to perform and put out 110% effort-yep
19. you can expect that eventually your platoon will begin to work together- without a doubt, as all dweebs will be culled over time- ask me for a story about pvt Kerchner...
20. you can expect a feeling of PRIDE and ACCOMPLISHMENT like you have never felt before in your entire life when you dress up in your Class A uniform for graduation... The most memorable time of my Basic was graduation at Ft Leonard Wood- we had spent 8 weeks (summer '87, Ozarks- hot as hell) of being hot, beat, sweaty, tired, and did I say hot?- and then it all came together on graduation day... the dress uniforms, the innocence of youth, the pride of being considered a man, the marching down the avenue and the cadence called by the Vietnam vet/ senior drill from Alabama- his voice coming out in soulful song and answered by our own replies, in unison, and reflecting the time that we gained cohesion, camaraderie- and reverberating for what seemed like miles- we had finally evolved and we were proud....
Ah, If I close my eyes- it seems like yesterday....memories.
Best of luck to you and one last thing;
If you make it all the way through basic- to graduation day, and your drill sgt looks at you and still has to ask you what your name is.....YOU did it right. (trust me)
Good Luck- Say hello to The Bowl for me!
*edit* IF your drill sgt asks the group for a show of hands for anybody with a drivers license... DO NOT RAISE YOUR HAND.
*EDIT* number two-
Just saw the date- I missed the bus on this thread.